Himalayan Cricket

Village Tournament, Saryu Valley

10 nights, 5 days playing / watching cricket & walking village to village

  • Join in the annual inter-village cricket tournament
  • Fine walking to a wonderful mountain backdrop
  • Comfortable village guesthouses
  • 1 night quality camping, spectacular views

 

This is an early June high-altitude walk in the Saryu Valley with the chance to watch or even play cricket in amazing Himalayan landscapes. Before the monsoons come at the end of the month the climate is lovely, with a careful rest taken in the warmth of the middle of the day. Enjoy the beautiful Saryu villages and the tented camp with your ‘balcony view over the high Himalayan peaks’.

Once the spring harvest is gathered in, the mountain communities have a moment to relax, so every year in early June the villages of the Saryu Valley compete with one another in a high altitude cricket tournament. They take it seriously, but it is great fun. This year, for the first time, the Village Ways staff have been asked to enter a team. We are delighted to accept, and we invite our guests to join our Village Ways team for a game or two, or simply walk from village to village to watch the cricket.

Wonderful Himalayan walks, Along the Saryu Valley

join in the cricket

Visit the hospitable mountain villages of the Saryu Valley, walking from village to village across wide meadows and through forested paths, with spectacular Himalayan views. Stay in village-owned guesthouses and explore this dramatic landscape with your own guide. Join the Village Ways cricket team for a match or two. 

Bat and ball

 

Village cricket

The annual Saryu Valley village cricket tournament takes place after spring harvest in early June. Village against village with a Village Ways/Guest team joining in this year. The matches are played in the cooler mornings followed by a picinic lunch by the river. You choose whether you play or watch. You will never see cricket played in a more scenic location than here!

SaryuBlazing June

This is a splendid time in these high valleys. The rhododendrons are still out, and the villagers are able to relax after harvest. Morning is the best time for walking and for glimpsing the high Himalayan peaks towering above the meadows and forests. The afternoons are hotter, so time to relax in the shade.

Outward Journey

Day 1 Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to guesthouse for overnight stay.

Comforable Khali EstateDay 2 Transfer to New Delhi station for early morning train to Kathgodam. Road transfer (4hrs) Kathgodam to Khali Estate; relax and dinner. Overnight stay at Khali Estate, double room garden bungalow.

In the Valleys


Day 3 After breakfast continue your journey to Saryu Valley - by road 5hrs, lunch en route.
Walk from the road-head to your first village. Relax and dinner, meet your guide to discuss the days ahead. Overnight in the guesthouse.

Himalayan peaksDay 4 – Day 8 - You spend 5 days in Saryu Valley villages, watching or joining the cricket match in the mornings and then walks in and around the villages. Spend one night at the comfortable tented camp at Jaikuni, perched on the ridge Comfortable guesthouseseparating the two valleys. Enjoy fine walking and spectacular mountain views, get to know the communities and discover local crafts and village traditions.

Homeward Journey

Day 9 After breakfast walk to the road-head and return to Khali Estate for another night's stay.

Day 10 Transfer to Kathgodam to catch the day train to Delhi. Meet at New Delhi station, transfer to Delhi guesthouse for overnight stay.

Day 11 Transfer to Delhi airport for homeward flight.

We look after you from the moment of your arrival at Delhi airport. Your holiday includes transfers and rail journeys to the hills, accommodation in the village guesthouses and tented accommodation (managed by porters) with all meals provided and your own guide and through the hills. Please feel free to tailor your holiday to your exact requirements. 

The suggested itinerary can be extended if you wish to spend more time exploring the Himalayan foothills, or shortened if your time in India is limited. Our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to help fashion the holiday to suit you. 

Flights

We ask our guests to make their own arrangements for international travel to India. For Village Ways holidays in the foothills, the nearest airport is Delhi. Travel information for India can be found here.

Stay in Delhi

Delhi is a fascinating and vibrant city. It epitomises the huge leaps forward that India is currently undergoing whilst reflecting the country's great history. A new metro is being built but much is still moved around on overladen cycles and bullock carts. The shopping opportunities are excellent, particularly for textiles. Why not add a night's stay in the city to your holiday?

Guest-house accommodation

We work with some very comfortable and hospitable guest-houses in the heart of Delhi. We can arrange overnight stays for you, or a day-room to freshen up after a night flight. We can also arrange an upgrade from guest-house to hotel if you prefer.

Driver & car for the day

One of the best ways to get around and across Delhi is by car. We offer carefully selected drivers to look after you for the day. On call for you, they will be able to take from shops to India Gate to the Red Fort and out to dinner - or wherever you choose.

From Delhi to the hills

By car

Your journey includes a day train into the foothills. A more expensive option is to travel up from Delhi (or return at the end of you holiday) by private car. Guests have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know a little of the plains north of Delhi where the road crosses the Ganga before heading into the hills Carefully chosen, courteous drivers will look after you in your 10 hr journey.

By air

There is also an internal flight available from Delhi to Pantnagar in Uttarakhand; please contact our team for more information if you are interested in this option.

Extra nights during your holiday

Extra nights at Khali Estate

All holidays to the Saryuand Pindar valleys include at least one night at Khali Estate, a marvelous place to relax and unwind. Many guests have added an extra night here at the beginning or end of their stay in the hills. If your journey here has been by night flight followed by overnight train it could be good idea to catch you breath with a quiet day here.

Extra nights in the Village Guest-houses and tented camp

You may wish to prolong your exploration of the wonderful hill villages Saryu and Pindar. There is so much to learn and appreciate about village life and the host communities would love to keep you for a day longer in their village homestays and at the camps.

 

Agra

For many guests, a visit to India would not be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, regarded by many as one of the wonders of the world. Whether you wish to make a day trip or enjoy an overnight stay with time to explore more of Agra, we can arrange a visit to suit you.

Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, hosting some incredible architecture and seeped in history. Not to be missed are the Jantar Mantar observatory and the renowned Amber Fort. Add a visit here to complete the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Contact our bookings team

Our experienced reservations team will be happy to talk you through your options for the Himalayan cricket holiday. Please note, this trip is only available in June.

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